A comparative assessment of suicide risk for young people in youth detention

Stathis, Stephen, Litchfield, Bec, Letters, Paul, Doolan, Ivan and Martin, Graham (2008) A comparative assessment of suicide risk for young people in youth detention. Archives of Suicide Research, 12 1: 62-66.


Author Stathis, Stephen
Litchfield, Bec
Letters, Paul
Doolan, Ivan
Martin, Graham
Title A comparative assessment of suicide risk for young people in youth detention
Journal name Archives of Suicide Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1381-1118
1543-6136
Publication date 2008-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13811110701800939
Volume 12
Issue 1
Start page 62
End page 66
Total pages 5
Editor Dr Antoon Leenaars
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
110319 Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
111708 Health and Community Services
111714 Mental Health
920209 Mental Health Services
920410 Mental Health
Abstract The aim of this study was to compare levels of agreement in the assessment of suicide risk by detention center staff procedures compared with those completed by a mental health clinician. Over a 6-month period, 64 young people (mean age 15.0 years; SDþ=_1.3) assessed as being acutely suicidal were referred for a clinical mental health assessment and completion of the Adolescent Suicide Questionnaire (ASQ ). Cohen’s kappa statistic was used to determine inter-judgmental agreement between the detention center, a clinical assessment and ASQ scores. Weak levels of agreement existed in the assessment of suicide. We recommend further work in this area and broad discussion toward development of national guidelines to standardize the assessment of suicide risk for young people in youth detention.
Keyword Adolescent
Forensic
Risk assessment
Suicide
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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